UK Christian event confirms first major Christian festival since lockdown

Christian festival Spring Harvest, one of the UK’s largest annual Christian events, has confirmed that the 2021 gathering will offer the option to attend on-site as well as online and that all those who book tickets will be eligible for a COVID protection guarantee.

The festival, which was pioneered in 1979, known for it’s creative theme-based teaching as well as family-friendly activities, attracts thousands of guests each year but this year the physical event was cancelled as it coincided with the early stages of the government’s enforced lockdown. The event moved online and had over 1.4 million views with supporters donating £1.5 million, enabling organisers to plan for 2021.

Phil Loose, the newly-appointed CEO of Essential Christian the charity who oversee Spring Harvest says,

“This year we have been blown away by the encouragement and generosity of all those who have tuned in, and grateful to those who donated and supported us in what has been one of the most challenging years in our existence. The investment from those committed individuals has meant we can continue as a ministry and plan for the coming year. While the coronavirus pandemic has clearly had a huge impact, we are hoping, praying and planning to be back over Easter in 2021.”

If the event does go ahead as planned, it will be the first major Christian festival in the UK in 2021 to take place as a public gathering since lockdown. As in previous years, the event will take place at Butlin’s venues in both Skegness and Minehead and organisers have committed to putting a freeze on 2020’s ticket prices, alongside the COVID protection guarantee.

Abby Guinness, the Head of Spring Harvest comments,

“First and foremost we want guests to feel safe. We have agreed with the venues to ensure there is additional cleaning, sanitising, and other health precautions in place but to give absolute peace of mind we also wanted to offer a special COVID protection guarantee – so attendees can receive a full refund should there be any COVID-related reason they cannot attend.”

Phil Loose concludes,

“We remain as committed as ever to bringing the whole church together from different networks and denominations, to worship God, learn from the Bible and encourage one another as a community. Next year is one of the most important we will face at Spring Harvest as we innovate and reimagine the future, serving the church onsite and online and to worship together.”

A full line-up of speakers and artists, will be announced later in the year but for those early birds who register online by midnight on 18th September 2020, they will receive £10 off per person. Bookings will then go live on September 22nd with next year’s events being hosted over three weeks: the first week being at Butlin’s Skegness from 5th – 9th April and two additional weeks at Butlin’s Minehead from the 6th – 10th April, and then the 10th – 15th April. The brochure for all the resorts is now available at springharvest.org.

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